The 1808ft summit of El Montañon is the highest point on the east side of Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park. The hike to El Montañon Peak starts out at Scorpion Ranch and gains more than 2,000ft of elevation over 4 miles to the summit. In this guide for El Montañon, I’ll provide gpx files, maps, photos, and a hike description.
If you’re a hiker visiting Santa Cruz Island, this hike to Smuggler’s Cove has to be on your itinerary. This 8.2 mile hike gains a modest 1500ft of elevation gain, but provides some incredible ocean views in the process. Most hikers reach Smuggler’s Cove via an out-and-back route on Smuggler’s Rd, but in this guide I’ll provide directions for a more scenic loop route through Scorpion Canyon.
This loop hike from Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point takes place on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of eight islands making up Channel Islands National Park. Santa Cruz is also the largest island in California at 96.5 square miles. Starting at the Scorpion Anchorage Visitor Center, hikers will scale an ocean bluff with majestic views of the California mainland. From there, the trail follows the coastline before returning to Scorpion Anchorage via the Scorpion Ranch Campground.
The city of Hội An is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for westerners traveling to Vietnam. What makes Hội An unique is that it has a well preserved charm and history dating back to its days as an Asian trading port from 1400 to 1900. Here are 8 things to do in Hội An during your visit!
The Mekong Delta is a region of Vietnam that’s a three hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This large swath of land covers 15,600 square miles and is made up of rivers, swamps, and islands with villages and floating markets throughout. In this post I’ll share all of the fun things travelers can do while visiting the Mekong Delta on a day trip.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is increasingly becoming one of the most popular stops for tourists visiting the north of Vietnam. The bay is filled with nearly 1,600 limestone islets jutting up out of the water, and most are covered with a dense green vegetation. A few of the islets are hollow with massive underwater caves. Halong Bay also provides hiking opportunities, water sports, fishing villages, and more.
Vietnam is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia featuring beaches, rivers, farms, temples, and bustling large cities. I recently took a family trip to Vietnam and spent 10 days traveling the country from north to south. Here are 10 reasons why I think you’ll fall in love with Vietnam!
Siem Reap is located in the northwestern portion of Cambodia, and is the gateway to the greater Angkor region, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. The temples of Angkor are surely the highlight of Siem Reap, but travelers would be missing out if they didn’t explore the city a little further. Here are five reasons you need to add Siem Reap to your bucket list of travel destinations!
I traveled to Iceland this summer with Julia and Owen to explore the island’s waterfalls, mountain peaks, black sand beaches, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, and quaint villages. I put together a short video to highlight some of my favorite moments from our Iceland Ring Road adventure. Enjoy!